Known as "Land of the Sky", the mountain region of North Carolina encompasses 88 miles of Appalachian Trail, three major mountain ranges, and some of the oldest forests in America. While North Carolina is often praised for its gorgeous eastern beaches and cities, the western part of the state has become a popular destination in its own right. Whether you'd love a scenic train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad or the thrill of a Class V white water rafting experience, you will find an activity here to suit your fancy. In between adventures, take in jaw-dropping landscapes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or pop in for a taste of local artisan food and festivities in the area's quaint mountain towns. Whatever your style, North Carolina’s stunning mountain region will be an unforgettable honeymoon backdrop.
The perfect complement to a woodland paradise is a vibrant cultural center to retreat to. The city of Asheville is the ideal match for any North Carolina mountain honeymoon. Nestled into the foothills of the Appalachians, romantic Asheville has been a magnet to artists and creatives for generations. Stroll through the town’s quaint storefronts and pick up handmade keepsakes to take home, soaking up the artistic vibe as you go. Asheville, North Carolina is notable for having farm-to-table ideals and delicious local restaurants, so be sure to get a taste before you leave. Unleash your inner foodies at one of the city’s 17 farmer’s markets, each one offering fresh, local produce and artisan goods from the area. While you’re on the foodie trail, don't forget to stop along Asheville’s microbrewery trail for a tasty local beer (or two).
Experience the blend of nature and culture you desire in a countryside escape while on honeymoon in North Carolina's Mountain Region.
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- CURRENCY: The US dollar
- LANGUAGE: English
- GETTING THERE:You can fly directly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which is 2 hours away. If you drive, take Interstate 26 or Interstate 40 to reach Asheville.
- GETTING AROUND: The best way to explore North Carolina’s mountain region is by car. There is a public bus system in Asheville, but service is infrequent and the downtown area is better experienced by walking. Bikes are available for rental.
- WHEN TO GO: Due to varying elevation and climate patterns, Western North Carolina's regions have very unpredictable weather. You can visit in any season, but the best times to visit are in spring and fall, when the weather is cooler and the crowds of summer are gone.
- ELECTRICITY: The United States and Canada all use the 110 volts system.
- TIME ZONE: North Carolina is on US Eastern Standard Time, and it observes daylight savings, beginning on the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- DRESS IN LAYERS: The weather in North Carolina's mountains is unpredictable, and it can get very cold at high altitudes, even in summertime.
- DRIVE YOURSELF: It can be quite difficult to get around the mountain region without a car, even if you stay in Asheville. It's a good idea to rent or bring a vehicle so you can see sights like the magical Blue Ridge Parkway or travel to off-the-beaten-path natural wonders.
- SHOP LOCAL: Western North Carolina's economy is increasingly dependent on tourism, and local goods and produce are abundantly available. Pick up some fresh food or a handmade craft to support the community that cares for this beautiful region all year round.
- BLUE RIDGE ROAD TRIP: Do not miss the opportunity to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic byway connecting Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The sun casts a romantic blue light on the mountains along this road, making it an immensely popular route for visitors. You’ll want to make frequent stops for photos.
- ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURE: Many of Asheville’s older structures were built with an artistic flair. The Biltmore Estate, opened in 1895, is still the largest privately owned residence in the US. Asheville’s city hall was built in art-deco style, and the Basilica of St. Lawrence in town is a gorgeous sight to behold.
- WITNESS THE SHADOW: If you are lucky, you’ll catch the oh-so-elusive “Shadow of the Bear”, a magnificent shadow cast by Whiteside Mountain at sunset. This phenomenon takes place for just 30 minutes a day, usually during late October and late February.
- BE A KID AGAIN: Cool off with a trip down Sliding Rock, a 67 foot natural stone water slide that drops you off in a 7 foot deep pool of water. This unforgettable experience just might be cooler than a trip to your local water park.
- MEET ME AT THE SUMMIT: At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi river. Ascend this impressive peak by car or on foot for panoramic views and incredible photo opportunities.
- SEEK ADVENTURE: Western North Carolina is best explored by way of outdoor activities, and nature loving honeymooners have many choices: hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, kayaking, rafting, swimming, and so much more!